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Posts for March 2021
Prospects Updated
February and March are baseball prospect season! Leading rankings sites such as Baseball America and MLB Pipeline provide their rankings for teams, organizations and a more generalized MLB ranking list. Its essentially a gift to baseball fans who are mostly unable to evaluate player talent for minor leaguers. Scouting and evaluation is a difficult task and requires aggregation of information to get a full picture. BA and Pipeline are well-connected to industry scouts and so can come up with lists based on their handling of this information.

TBC has been tracking prospects for quite a while now and this year, we've injected additional data. First though, we added rankings for 4 sites. Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs. For Baseball America and Pipeline, we added Top 30 team lists as well. The additional data was Top 30 lists by team for Baseball America for 2001-2018. We already had 1-10 and have now injected 11-30. But that's not all!! We also added Top 30s by team for Baseball Prospectus for 2019-2020 and FanGraphs for 2020.

16,151 prospect records were added and there are now 35,182 records in the prospects database covering 39 years (1983-2021). Each player page will have a list of their historical prospects rankings so you can track their progress over their minor league career.

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In response to the positive feedback, I am currently working on a new PREMIUM site that will be better than the current version. The main benefit being that it can be built with 100% focus on data and 0% focus on advertising placement. Ad placement has always been a challenge and has always prevented me from realizing my vision of a data-centric site with 100% focus on user experience. The ads are a necessary evil but with PREMIUM, your $19 signup will allow me to give you the best data experience possible. More to come on this over the coming months with a possible soft launch coming in late summer.

2021 D1 Rosters/Bios Updated
One of those long daunting projects each Fall/Winter that takes a lot of discipline to get through. The College Roster project includes not only adding a player profile for all new D1 players for the new college season but also includes bio information and links to existing college or high school stats in our database to build as complete of a history as possible for incoming D1 players, whether Freshmen, JUCO Transfers or transfers from D2/D3/NAIA.

For 2021, there was some flux where some schools dropped programs (Boise State,Chicago State,Furman) and a few new D1 programs were added (Dixie State,UCSD,Tarleton State,Bellarmine). Always sad when a program is dropped but for Boise State, they had just added the Baseball program for 2020 after 40 years. ID# 20375, we hardly knew ya! The total # of schools updated was 301. Only Princeton has not posted their 2021 roster.

The addition of the 2021 players means that TBC now has 20 years of College Player Bios. (2002-2021 inclusive).

I'll be announcing very soon, in more detail, a partnership with The College Baseball Foundation, the keepers of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. We'll be working together on building college baseball history since 1965 which will include stats and as many player bios as can be unarchived from old Media Guides.

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